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The CD has been around since 1982. Of course, I don’t know anyone who actually had a CD player in 1982, do you? I only knew one person in college who had a CD player (Tracy, I’m looking at you) – and, actually, I only remember CDs even being available for sale in stores around 1990 or so. Most my college friends were still buying cassette tapes through evil Columbia House or down at Plastic Fantastic in Ardmore, PA. Besides, at the time, CDs still came in the long boxes because record stores couldn’t be bothered to change their storage bins to fit them. Also, they were way more expensive than cassettes.

I got my first CD player as a college graduation present from my parents. I’m sort of embarrassed to say what my first CD was. I mean, at the time, I had a ridiculous tape collection (I think I counted during senior year and it was well over 250 tapes) – and they pretty much spanned the genres. But what did I pick for my first CD?

Mandy Patinkin’s Dress Casual.

I’m so not kidding, people.

What was your first CD?

{ 9 } Comments

  1. LD | September 13, 2007 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    God, that’s much worse than my “drive-away quick-and-hide-from-my-4daygirlfriend’s-best friend-outside of T’s” episode last year where my mirror got cracked!

  2. cw | September 13, 2007 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I caught on a bit late to the whole CD craze. I didn’t even know what one really was until my freshman year of college in 1989. I believe my first CD purchase was either The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder, or Bronski Beat’s The Age of Consent. How very g*y of me, no? Strangely, I wasn’t.

  3. Miranda | September 13, 2007 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    It makes it worse if I say that I already owned Mandy Patinkin’s “Dress Casual” on cassette, doesn’t it?

  4. LD | September 13, 2007 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    ooppps….I meant to put that last post on the one where your mirror got busted!

    my first cd…hmmmm….I don’t exactly remember, it was either Sarah McLachlan’s “Solace” or Everything But the Girl’s “Worldwide”. I didn’t get a CD player myself until 1992. I bought it at this shady store on Broadway and Oakdale that sells electronics and the store is still there.

    The first time I saw a CD player was at my friend’s house in 1985, and she played U2’s unforgettable fire or Under a Blood Red Sky for me on the Sony discman!

  5. Courtney | September 13, 2007 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    I can tell you my first three CDs. When I first bought a CD player, CDs were like $17.99 each! So I decided that I would only ever buy ‘Greatest Hits’ CDs. My $4.15/hour campus job wouldn’t support more. I can’t believe I had to work 4 hours to afford one CD!

    The Mamas and The Papas Greatest Hits

    Jim Croce: Photographs and Memories

    Patsy Cline: The Soundtrack to Sweet Dreams

    Those are still three great CDs. I have bought many CDs since then which I regret.

  6. Darcy | September 13, 2007 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I know when I got my first CD player and it was like 1995, it was a gift from Susan Bush, and she got it at one of those stores on Market street that sell stereos and gold jewelry. It didn’t work, and taking it back was this horrible ordeal, because you know, not a high quality shopping experience.

    She also got me at least one CD, but lord help me if I can remember what. I wonder if she remembers. I opened the CD first and was like, “What the…?” She had started off that Xmas saying, let’s not worry about what we got each other? I thought, okay, who’s worried?

    Know what I got her? A used copy of Sorry! from Thrift for AIDS. Here I thought it was this great gift. Poor Susan. Sorry!

  7. Anne | September 13, 2007 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I wasn’t particularly cool either – my first two CD’s, bought at the Kenyon College bookstore, were the Beach Boys Greatest Hits (wtf???) and a Cat Stevens disk, though I can’t remember which one now. It was 1989.

    I’ve always kind of liked me some Mandy Patinkin actually. I may even still have Dress Casual on cassette somewhere in a box around here.

  8. Miranda | September 14, 2007 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    In my sort-of defense, I was trying to see if there was a quality difference between cassette and CD…

  9. kp | September 15, 2007 at 1:32 pm | Permalink


    jane siberry – no berders here
    donald fagen – nightfly
    julia fordham – porcelain

    first album – steve miller – fly like an eagle
    first casette – the go go’s
    first 8-track joan armatrading
    first 45 – yesterday – the beatles

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